BALI Peduli, an Indonesian organisation with a HIV treatment and prevention mandate, is campaigning to raise funds necessary to provide their essential services.

If the $150,000 fundraising goal is not met, the organisation would be forced to scale back its operations — something that would impact a lot of vulnerable people.

This is of particular concern to Bali’s gay community, where one in three men are living with HIV.

While the organisation was able to secure grants for women and children, the same can’t be said for the services aimed at same-sex attracted men – which makes their fundraising efforts vital.

In order to accomplish their goals, Bali Peduli has reached out to Australian HIV organisations.

“As a holiday destination so often frequented by Australians it would be fair to say we share a unique connection with Bali and its people, and as such their welfare should be close to our hearts,” ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said in response to Bali Peduli’s call to action.

“For Australians to benefit from the incredible beauty of the island and kindness of its people while the threat to their communities from HIV presents such a huge problem – there seems to be a discrepancy there that is of concern to ACON and our partner organisations in the Australian HIV response.”

The non-profit Bali Peduli services the community through two clinics and a prison program.

The Paul Latourell clinic launched in 2011 with a focus on gay men, while the Klinik Anggrek launched in 2013 with a broader focus on women and children as well. Their combined efforts have provided life changing antiretroviral therapies for 520 patients, while giving access to 8000 HIV tests.

Those seeking to make a donation can do this through the Help Bali Peduli website.

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